The National Gallery are inviting local Caymanian artists to submit a proposal to participate in their popular Artists Away programme.
Artists may send a proposal to the gallery at any time during the year for a course overseas which imparts knowledge of a specific art medium or equipment not available in the Cayman Islands, a release from the gallery said.
All Artists Away must disperse their knowledge once back in Cayman by having talks, lectures, school visits, and workshops. Additionally, they must present one work of art to the National Collection held by the National Gallery.
The programme, sponsored by Cayman Airways, has sent numerous artists away to study courses in the visual arts.
Journalist and photographer Lennon Christian went to St. Vincent’s & The Grenadines 13 to 18 October 2005 to learn photography on location from Tom Bol who the National Geographic Adventure has listed ‘one of America’s top 50 visionaries’ for his photography.
Chris Christian is currently attending a week long traditional oil painting methods course at the Academy of Realistic Art in Toronto.
John Broad will embark on a four-day digital printmaking course in July at Cone Editions Studio in Vermont, a workshop for photographers and fine artists to become confident at scanner operating digital shooting, and adept at imaging and digital printmaking.
‘The National Gallery is a longstanding force behind the development and promotion of fine arts in the Cayman Islands. Cayman Airways is a long time corporate partner of the Gallery and is pleased to continue assisting them in their efforts throughout 2006.’ remarked Richard Blake, VP marketing and sales, Cayman Airways.
Nancy Barnard, director of the National Gallery added: ‘It is only thanks to our main sponsor for Artists Away, Cayman Airways, and to the grants we receive from the Cayman Islands Government that we can keep programmes like this available to our artists, and so a big thank you to them both once again.’